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Thursday, September 25, 2008

A God of Creativity


I don’t know about you, but I love to do all of the womanly things I swore, as a teenager, that I would never do. Cooking a big meal from start to finish (from scratch, not a frozen pizza!) is such a liberating feeling. When I look at the meager ingredients I started with and see the masterpiece I created, I feel exhilarated.

Even though many women in their 30’s like me have career ladders and board meetings on their long-term planning goals, I have sewing and scrap book projects that will keep me busy for years to come. Martha Stewart might turn her nose up at the curtains I made for my son’s room from Wal-Mart bed sheets, but I am pretty proud.

There are so many areas that we, as women, can be creative. Busy lives often rob us of our ability to express this side of ourselves. Yet, for many of us, it is lying just under the surface, begging to be released.

Do you ever think your creative projects are frivolous? Is it just one more thing that gets pushed to the side to meet more important demands?

Did you know that expressing your creativity can be a way of reflecting God? It actually can be a way to worship Him in a way that is uniquely “you.” When we look at the creativity He gave us like this, it seems terrible to waste it.

God is the God of creation. Read the first chapter of Genesis and see that He loves to create. While we might have looked down on the earth and saw a big blobby mess, God saw potential. By taking a little of this and a little of that and giving it enough TLC, He created a world that is breathtakingly beautiful.

When we seek to glorify God, we can’t help reflect a little of His nature. Part of that nature is creativity!

For some like me, that creativity may be of the domestic nature: cooking, sewing, gardening, and even a crazy love of cleaning. For others, it may include drama and singing, or even painting. Our areas of creativity are just as diverse as the people He created us to be.

They do, however, have one thing in common: They are given to us to glorify the One who created us.

In my own walk, I have found the closer I am to Him, the more creative I am. I take joy in each aspect of my creativity. It actually becomes a form of worship for me.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Sometimes I catch myself comparing myself to others, and telling God that He must be more pleased with someone else’s efforts more than my own. Yet, I realize He is pleased more with my effort and attitude while creating, rather than the final product.

I am reminded that I delight in each one of the crafts my children brings home from church each week. I don’t compare them to what the other kids made. They are special because of who made them. It has nothing to do with what they appear to be, but everything to do with the heart and hands that made them.

For the most part, I am not a sentimental person. I debate little about throwing something away if I think it will create clutter for me later. Yet, when it comes to the crafty things my children create at home and church, I find myself unable to part with them. Instead I have a big box for each of them in our basement where I silently tuck away each macaroni necklace and toilet paper roll binoculars they make.

Those items, no matter how trivial they are, have great meaning to me. Those boxes in my basement represent the great love I have for my children.

I can only imagine where God must treasure our “little creations.”

Yet, I know that He does value each meal that we make and each hem that we sew. Every time we use a gift He gave us, it brings Him great joy. They are precious to Him, not because of what they are, but who created them.

Why not get CREATIVE today?




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12 Comments:

Blogger sailorcross said...

Thank you so much!! There are no truer words spoken! Whatever we are doing, do to the glory of God!

And, who is more creative than God? Each one of us is a unique individual, and I am continually amazed by all the things in nature--very small to very big--that remind me of God's creativity.

Beth

September 25, 2008 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger Patty Wysong said...

What an encouragement! This is a great analogy to remember every time discouragement begins to creep in. Super!

September 25, 2008 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger ChristiS said...

I had never looked at my creativity in this way, but it is so true! Thanks so much for sharing this today! Be blessed!

September 25, 2008 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Homesteader in Training said...

That was so wonderful. You know I never thought I had a "gift" that stood out because they weren't tangible. But my friend constantly reminds me that my ability to make people laugh is a gift. I do dabble in sewing,crocheting,scrapbooking,etc. and I love to cook but the one thing that always stood out was my sense of humor. Blogging has been a great way to release some of that pent up "energy". Great post!
Blessings to you.
Kim

September 25, 2008 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Teri Washington said...

Well put. Thanks for the reminder that we are all feafully and wonderfully made!

September 25, 2008 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Beautiful post expressed wonderfully to our Creative Maker. Thank you for the encouragement!

September 25, 2008 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger LisaE said...

Robyn, I loved your post about creativity...so wonderful. My kids are 20,24,27 and I too have those bins of craft projects, cards, etc... They are precious to me (the kids too :)) I would love it if you would check out my blog and read the post "Come near to God". Have a great day!
LisaE

September 25, 2008 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Esthermay Bentley-Goossen said...

Thank you for giving credibility to the many . . . (ok..thousands!) of unfinished projects in my life.

God is Good! He has given me plenty to do. And and abundance of precious kids' projects to organize too!

Great Post.
Kindest Thoughts,
-esthermay

September 25, 2008 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Patti VZ said...

Thanks, Robyn! I really needed that! It really hit in my heart where I needed that lift today.

September 25, 2008 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger una sognatrice newyorkese said...

that is sooo sweet! i never was creative but i don't know what happened to me in february of this year i start to sew a pillow and after that i made a bib and after that i made so many other thing and more a create and more ideas i have but with this post you gave a sense now to my creations, and it's soo true they not perfect, because i have no experience, but i have fun doing it! sorry for my english i hope everybody understand me! :)

September 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger JesusRulzMe said...

Sister Robyn, you said:

"I am reminded that I delight in each one of the crafts my children brings home from church each week. I don’t compare them to what the other kids made. They are special because of who made them. It has nothing to do with what they appear to be, but everything to do with the heart and hands that made them.

For the most part, I am not a sentimental person. I debate little about throwing something away if I think it will create clutter for me later. Yet, when it comes to the crafty things my children create at home and church, I find myself unable to part with them. Instead I have a big box for each of them in our basement where I silently tuck away each macaroni necklace and toilet paper roll binoculars they make."


I'm right with you! And boy did I need to hear this today! Sometimes I feel like the "Little Drummer Boy" in the song and feel like my offerings to our King Jesus is so little, so blah, in my poverty. But when I start to see how God has gifted other sisters, I'm so grateful for that and thank God for them!

Thank you so much dear sister for reminding us how precious we all are in the eyes of our Father...without comparing us to one another....just like we do with our kids...but I know what God does with us is far greater! I praise Him for that!

Much love in in our Savior,
Sunny

September 25, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Isn't it awesome that there is only one me and only one you and we don't have to be like anyone else but us? Isn't it awesome that we can each create in our own unique way and shadow our Papa God and never
have to worry about how it compares. Isn't it awesome that there is no one to compare to cause we were created, unique and individually?

I LOVE that!

Thanks for sharing your heart.
Julie

September 25, 2008 at 4:03 PM  

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